In this movie, the sets are too clean, the language unrealistically puritan. Even Dwight D Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Operation Overlord who had been President of the United States for eight years, offered to appear as himself but the film makers thought it would be too difficult to make him look as he had been in and so his part was played by an unknown lookalike.
It's massive battles rival any war film's efforts, but the movie is bogged down with too much exposition with no feeling, constant switching of characters, bad green screen backgrounds, mediocre acting, and aimless plot.
It's actually too much of a good thing. When General Cota meets up with General Thompson on the beach, he holds his cigar in his hand.
Although it is not made clear in the film, the mm guns that could have fired onto both Utah and Omaha beaches had been recently moved because of the heavy bombing of the site.
LongestDay6 After the invasion begins, exterior closeup shots of an airplane dropping a canister shows it covered with water droplets. The film was directed by three hired hands Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wickiwho shared much of the work with the legendary producer Darryl F Zanuck, to whom this picture was an obvious pet project.
The movie concentrates on the drama of the vital first day when there was a real risk that the Germans could have driven the invasion force back into the sea.
He landed in the garden of the local school teacher, a spinster who came out to see what all the noise was about. Many of us appreciate movies from different perspctives.